Guide to the Alexander J. Bondurant Papers, RG 61
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: July 2003
0.25 cubic feet; 110 items; 8 file folders.
Number of Boxes: 1/2 letter document box.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Alexander Joseph Bondurant was born in Buckingham County, Virginia on March 19, 1836. He was the son of Thomas Moseley Bondurant, a prominent planter in Buckingham County. Alexander was educated at Hampden-Sidney College, and is believed to have done further study at the University of Virginia, at Oxford, and at Heidelberg. Bondurant came to Auburn in 1892 to accept the Chairmanship of the Agriculture Department at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (now Auburn University) and to serve as Director of the State and Federal Agriculture Experiment Station. He left A.P.I. in 1896 to direct a tobacco culture project for the government of Australia. In 1901, he returned to his family farm at Greyburn, Virginia where he died on February 7, 1910. Bondurant, who served as a captain in the Department of Supplies of the Confederate Army, is buried at New Providence Church in Rockbridge County, Virginia, in his wife's family plot.
Scope and Content:
Consists of 30 letters written by Alexander Joseph Bondurant from Australia while he was a advisor to the Australian Agriculture Department on growing tobacco. His travels and work in the northeastern and western parts of Victoria are described in the letters. Includes newspaper clippings; other miscellaneous letters of Bondurant, C. C. Thach, W. L. Broun and his grandson Tinsley Harrison; a short autobiography and miscellaneous correspondence relating to Bondurant from 1891 to 1908 and 1964.
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